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Thursday, August 6, 2009

Another Invisibles workshop

In the spring Create Joy taught a class showcasing the new Heidi Swapp Invisibles line of embossed 12" x 12" papers. It was so popular that we taught "round two" today. The projects this time were a "tea tin" from Maya Road covered with a strip of polka dot Invisibles paper and two strips of embossed art metal, designed by Tracy; a paper and metal covered composition book designed by Jaclyn; and three cards to fit inside the tin, designed by me. I'm sorry I only have photos of the cards to share.

These cards are very simple, as the focus was on using three media (other than Distress Inks which were used on the other two projects) to show how different products work with these papers.

The first card is sprayed with Glimmer Mist from Tattered Angels. I only used one color, but you can also use several together. Depending on the distance from which you spray the mist, you can also get different looks. After misting and before it is completely dry, you can towel off the excess, exposing the embossed design.

I used alcohol inks on this card. I also used the paper that is embossed with several border designs. Once the alcohol inks have been applied to the paper, it was cut into several sections to adhere to the card front. Alcohol inks are intended primarily for nonporous surfaces such as acetate, glossy cardstock, metal, glass, etc. When using them on the Invisibles paper which is more porous, it will absorb quickly and you will use more of the ink. I think it works best using two colors - when mixed you will end up with at least three giving a nice variation. Again, the embossed areas will resist the alcohol inks, but not as completely as with other media.
The third card is made with Perfect Pearls. Perfect Pearls are mica powders that come in a range of colors, including many metallics and interference colors. They can be used in many ways. For this card, a small amount of the dry powder was mixed with a small amount of water and brushed onto the paper like paint. It is hard to see in a photo, but there is a nice shimmer to these paints. There is no need for any further fixative - the water is the binder for this product.
So there you have several different ways to use these fantastic papers.

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